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American judoka Robert Anderson hoping to win a medal at IBSA World Games in Seoul

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Robert Anderson is one of 11 American men scheduled to represent his country in judo at the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea. He will be competing in the +100kg. He is No. 3 in his class domestically, and he is currently ranked 15th in the 2015 IBSA World Ranking List.

Robert Anderson. Image credit: Robert Anderson's Facebook.

Robert Anderson. Image credit: Robert Anderson’s Facebook.

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Chicago, Illinois native Anderson began to compete in para-judo in 2014. He is affiliating with Menomonee Judo Club in Chicago. Although he has not got involved in judo for a long time, he is one of the judokas who is being paid attention for the future in the men’s +100kg. He won a silver medal at Last year’s USA Judo Senior National Championships. He was an alternate, ahead of the 2014 IBSA Judo World Championships. He made his international debut sat the 2015 World Cup in Eger, Hungary, where he finished 7th. The-21-year old is aiming to win a medal at the upcoming IBSA World Games in Seoul.

It takes four hours for him to the training venue from his place by public transportation, but no one can stop his passion for the sport. He is training there four days a week. His ultimate goal is to make the podium at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Judo is taking place at the Seoul Student Gymnasium, with competition officially getting underway on May 12 and running until May 15. Judoka will have the opportunity to start training on May 8, two days before the opening ceremony. Judo has been part of the IBSA World Championships and Games since the event’s inception, and has been on the Paralympic program since 1988 when Seoul hosted the Games. Women’s judo was added to the Paralympic program in Athens at the 2004 Games.

About EJ Monica Kim (41 Articles)
<p>EJ Monica Kim completed B.A (Media and Communications) at The University of Sydney. She is a freelance journalist and writer at the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], based in Seoul, Korea.</p>

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